Gilardino banned for two Champions League games

Updated: Sep 24, 2009, 09:06 AM IST

London: Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino has been banned by UEFA for two Champions League matches for his sending-off against Olympique Lyon, his club said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Italy international, who had hoped for a one-game ban, was dismissed for going into a challenge with Jeremy Toulalan with his elbows raised during last week`s 1-0 defeat in France.

Gilardino will now miss the trip to Hungary`s Debrecen on Oct. 20 and Tuesday`s home game with Liverpool in Group E.

Bureau Report